The Ontario government is helping vulnerable Ontarians get safe and reliable access to COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots by extending the Accessible Drive to Vaccines program to March 31.
This investment of $3.7 million will help people with disabilities, including seniors with mobility issues, get transportation to and from vaccination sites. Children aged 5 to 11 with disabilities or mobility issues, along with their parent or caregiver, are also eligible for this initiative.
Accessible Drive to Vaccines is delivered in partnership with the Ontario Community Support Association.
The program connects eligible individuals with rides to vaccination sites across the province, provided by staff and volunteers who will pick them up and take them home after their vaccine appointment.
“Our government is supporting Ontarians who may have trouble getting to a vaccination site due to mobility issues and lack of accessible transportation,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Extending this program will mean more people can get their vaccinations and boosters, providing greater protection from COVID-19 to all Ontarians.”
The Accessible Drive to Vaccines program prioritizes people who cannot get to vaccine sites through transportation from family members, neighbours or community organizations.
“Our community support service providers have been providing safe, reliable rides to vaccination sites for vulnerable people from the start,” said Deborah Simon, CEO of the Ontario Community Support Association. “This funding ensures they can continue to provide this vital support, and extends the reach of these important community programs so that people can continue to get vaccinated and stay healthy and protected in this pandemic.”
All Ontarians over age 18 are eligible for COVID-19 booster shots three months after their second dose. Vaccinations and boosters are vital tools in Ontario’s fight against the pandemic.
Individuals must have a vaccine appointment booked for the date of transportation requested. Eligible individuals must be a person with a disability within the meaning of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. One caregiver or support person can accompany the eligible individual for their vaccine appointment.